Creating a Cleaning Schedule

Keeping the house clean is an on going task, especially if you have children in your home. Sticking to a cleaning schedule is the best way to keep your home clean and tidy. This is a guide about creating a cleaning schedule.
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August 19, 2009 Flag
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I have developed the following housecleaning schedule after years of trying to do it all every day and winding up with not much getting done any day! I've been using this schedule now for a couple of years and it works great. It's easily adjustable to fit anyone's home. Also if a day has to be missed, I either let it go till next week or pick it up the next day, depending on how I feel. (By the way when I say Roomba, that's my vacuum).

General Cleaning

Monday: Kitchen

Tuesday: Living Room

Wednesday: Master Bedroom

Thursday: Small Bathroom

Friday: Master Bathroom

Saturday: Craft Room

Sunday: Corner Bedroom

Thorough Cleaning (done every 6-8 weeks)

Monday: Kitchen

Tuesday: Living Room

Wednesday: Master Bedroom

Thursday: Small Bathroom

Friday: Master Bathroom

Saturday: Craft Room

Sunday: Corner Bedroom

By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC

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August 19, 20090 found this helpful

I appreciate that so much. Years ago when I was still a stay at home mom, I had my own, and have been working for the past 15, and 'lost my groove' so to speak, with different schedules for myself, kids, hubby, etc taking precedence. Now that all are gone, I really need to get back on one. Even though I still work, it will help a lot, to keep from doing the same thing several times a week, and forgetting to do something that needs doing!

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

This is a great tool, I get it. What i don't get is: Do you only do your dishes once a week? When do you do the laundry you dump into one basket? Maybe I'm not getting the tool, but I'm seeing some big holes of things I do on a daily basis (dishes, laundry, etc).

I'm a new stay-at-home mom (used to have a full-time job). I'm still adjusting to how to make the most of my day. I still find myself doing 3/4 of the housework during the weekend. It's a habit. With one of these schedules, maybe i could see the picture better, but this one has holes I don't understand.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea if you can stick to it. However, if you work I can't see it getting done. I try to do a little each day, even on the days I work (I work second shift). But, if I do too much before I go to work, I'm exhausted. I have a job where I'm on my feet the whole time. But it's nice not to have everything piled up to do on my day off.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

I also see some holes in the program, like clean mirror three days in a row,and the most important one is What is all this picking up and putting away. I think before anything all family members need to know that if it lands on the floor. It goes in the bin, only cave men drop things on the floor.

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you! This is just what I needed. I was trying to come up with an idea or plan and well. I am going to print this out and follow along. I will tweak as I go but I just really needed a schedule. It gets done but it would be nice to have order so again. Thank you.

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February 10, 20100 found this helpful

I just clean one room per day. I have been using this system for several years and it has worked for me because it is so simple.

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August 2, 20100 found this helpful

I have my own schedule. Main point is to make a schedule and do a little every day. Stick to it. Good schedule sets aside the same day for a task so things get done and not overlooked. Wash dishes everyday. There is a list of chores that get done each day, see Martha Stewart. Also, pick up as you go along. I tell my girls to bend down and pick up the dirt off the floor. A place for everything and everything in its place. Anything that doesn't belong in the family room or kitchen gets dumped into the owner's bedroom. they got the message.

I also do a quick clean of my bathroom after I shower. My toilet bowl gets scrubbed daily, takes me 5 minutes to quick wipe my bathroom with alcohol or vinegar and liquid soap and a microfiber cloth. Benefits and time saved later, priceless. 30 minutes are set aside same day each week to organize and discard, most important part, papers. I read mail over garbage can and toss junk mail as I open each day's mail. you would be surprised how much this saves me.

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

For the last 6 weeks I've been cleaning only when needed. I kept a log so I know how often I need to clean. Dishes have to be done everyday, stove vent every week, washing the kitchen floor ever 2.5 weeks, etc. Now I can create a cleaning schedule to push back the mess. I'm kinda excited.

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January 24, 2011 Flag
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I am always reading where people say to clean as we see things that need it. That's a great idea, but sometimes it builds up and takes more organizing to get it done. This is my plan to get it all caught up.

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August 30, 2011 Flag
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I find it's easier to keep up on the housecleaning if I have a cleaning schedule. It's also easier for my 4 year old son because he is learning that each day we have different chores and he knows what is expected.

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March 24, 2005 Flag
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Recently I had had enough of my kids not doing their chores and getting frustrated realising it was easier to do things myself than go behind them and do them...then I got behind on MY chores!

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August 19, 2009 Flag
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I am wondering if anyone has a house cleaning schedule they would like to share with me. I have tried making my own before, and it just didn't work. I would like a day by day schedule. I have found that on a schedule I get more done rather than just saying "I will clean all day today". If you know of a website with ideas, or if you would rather share your own ideas, I would greatly appreciate it. THANK YOU!

Jennifer from Illinois

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Jenn you will love flylady.net. The site has a lot of information on it. Scroll down to table of contents and read it, it will give you an overall understanding of the site. They email an assignment each day to keep your home tidy. Give it a chance. I love it.
(08/25/2006)

By edie

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Oh, Jennifer! Have I got a site for you! You're going to love it, or if you don't, I'll be very surprised. Be sure to look on the left side of the page and go through the different sections of this site, top to bottom. Let me know if you like it after you've "experienced" it for awhile. God bless you!

http://www.flylady.net/ (08/26/2006)

By Luvyabye

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www.thefamilyhomestead.com is a great site for what your looking for. I have this site on my favorites. Also try www.hillbillyhousewife.com. Good luck and happy cleaning (08/26/2006)

By Judy S

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I hate to admit that I'm 60 year old and found Flylady a blessing to my days. Please give her a try. You wont be sorry! Its FREE. (08/26/2006)

By Carol in PA

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I am 69 and caring for my husband who has had a bad stroke. I have ovarian cancer and under go chemo treatments. Needless to say, housecleaning got tough for a while. That is until I found FlyLady.net. Give her a try. It has changed my life a lot and made things much easier to cope with.
Good luck. From a FlyBaby (08/26/2006)

By Harriet

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Jennifer,
I work outside the home, assistant coach Cross country and teach AWANA and Sundayschool-so I am very busy. I need to be very organized so I clean a little as I go:

I do these before I leave the house for the morning--

I vacuum and mop either Tuesday evening or Thursday evenings, and this takes about 30-45 minutes. Sometimes I run the vacuum before I leave for work if I am VERY ambitious (either up or down-never both on the same morning!)

I sometimes manage to squeeze in ironing a shirt or two before I leave at 7:30.

My kids clean their own rooms and their bathroom (with no do-overs allowed) and they also walk and brush the dog. DH Is a big help too. Let kids and husband do their share of the work and insist they keep their stuff picked up! I have "donated" more items NOT picked up and have even resorted to "Selling" it back to a child now and again!

I NEVER spend the weekend cleaning UNLESS it is a BIG job like washing windows, cleaning the garage, etc. I even clean my inside windows and blinds on a schedule (on room a month and I coordinate the dining room with the holidays when I entertain family)

Basement (which is really just a big JUNK, craft, storage room) gets gleaned in quadrants!

I find that organization is the key and creating as plan and then executing it have worked for me! Good luck! You'll be much more relaxed and your house will be a cleaner, happier place with a little organization and discipline.

(08/26/2006)

By Diana

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Jennifer, THANK YOU for asking. I stay at home taking care of husband and get distracted and over whelmed at times. I will go check out Fly Lady. Thank you to all for the ideas.
(08/26/2006)

By meoowmom

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Hi Jennifer, You have actually got to give this a try to see how good it works.

Each day I set my timer on my microwave for 1 hour and start cleaning. I do not answer the door are phone during this time.

I am a firm believer that the most important to a house should be clean floors, no dishes and nice clean counter top.

Please let me know if you give this a try,it always works for me. Good luck. (08/26/2006)

By Autumn

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Wow, thank you SO much everyone for your ideas! I can't wait to try them. I will go to flylady right now :) (08/27/2006)

House Cleaning Schedule

I have had good luck with the website - FlyLady.net. They have a detailed list for every room and also they help you get decluttered - if that is a problem you face!

I think you will truly enjoy this website. (08/28/2006)

By Diane

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I see someone has already mentioned FLYLady. Terrific (08/29/2006)

By Ella P

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I use the site:

http://happyslob.blogspot.com/

The Name says it all! (09/01/2006)

By SweetCali40

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YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT, ORGANIZEDHOME.COM its a wonderful place with free printables to put in a house hold note book too i love it (09/06/2006)

By MARSHA

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The first thing you need to do is get a notepad. Go into each room and write down everything you need to do. Start a new page for each room. Write down a reward (such as a piece of chocolate cake) at the end of each page. When you are ready, pick a room and check your list. Place all the cleaning items you need into a bucket, then go to the room and do everything on the list, crossing them off as you go. Seeing the items crossed off will motivate you further. As you complete a room, reward yourself with a few minutes time out and the designated 'reward', then start the next room. (09/22/2006)

By Cathy

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Try www.motivatedmoms.com (02/18/2007)

By Sue

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Someone already mentioned the Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning - it's at http://www.happyslob.com - that's the site that goes along with the blog.

:) I wrote the book, and hope you guys will check it out. It's all about keeping your home clean in less time BUT with less stress. I don't think it's effective to get so worked up about cleaning the house that you end up exhausted from it (both the cleaning AND the worry!)

Thanks to SweetCali for the recommendation to begin with.

Take care all,
(03/11/2007)

By Christina

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I've found that if I follow this regime, I'm done in an hour.

Figure out what's for dinner and set out things to defrost
Make my bed (I change the sheets once a week and this is my 1 load of laundry a day)
Start a load of laundry (one a day)
Clean toilet and counter
Dishes if there are any
Sweep the kitchen
Take care of the laundry
Straighten the front room
Fold and put away laundry

when needed: I do my floors and dust

I've spent an hour on my house most days and now I can enjoy the rest of the day doing whatever I choose. (05/15/2007)

By Paula

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Diana is closest to the 'Clean Freak" strategy, but sounds like you have a big house girl! And you still iron? Wow. I got tired just reading your post.

Doing things on a schedule is the way to go. It becomes habit, and build up doesn't happen. You can find some helpful articles at http://www.CommonSenseLiving.com too.

Do all of you fly lady people put your shoes on to clean? Just curious. Happy slobs and clean freaks. How funny is that? We are a weird group, aren't we? (11/17/2007)

By Carole

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What I do is create tasks in Outlook (my email program) . I just went through each room, making a list of what needed to be done and created tasks. I have them repeat as needed. So each person has a laundry day. I clean house on Mondays (my off day).

For today (Thursday) for example:

Sundays:

I wash my sheets and comforter as needed
Wipe down front of stove and dishwasher
Clean Frig
Clean microwave
Straighten pantry

This sounds like a lot, but it takes me less time to do than it takes me to cook dinner. If you do it each week, it takes very little time to do.

Mondays

Clean entire downstairs (kids have to clean their rooms on Sat)
Mom's Laundry
Clean out car (I keep trash bags in the car so that I can do this during carpool)

Tuesdays

DD10 Laundry

Wednesday

DD15 Laundry
Straighten downstairs-We clean up after ourselves, so this is basically dusting, sweeping...

Friday

Hubby's Laundry

Saturday

Clean downstairs
Kids clean their rooms.
Any household laundry, like curtains, rugs, etc.

Because I clean two days a week and straighten on Wednesdays, the house stays company clean most of the time.

Daily tasks are straighten up after supper, feed animals, load and unload dishwasher.

I also have yearly chores like decorate and undecorate for Holidays. If hubby asks me to do something, I just create a task.

As I do something, I check it off the task list. It shows up later when it repeats.

I am not much of a clutterer. I use things and them throw or give them away when I am done. My decorating style is very minimal. Things that family give me are displayed in a way that I can enjoy.

Our animals are outside so they don't make messes that have to be cleaned. The cats do use a litter box, so it has to be changed.

I find doing a little each day keeps the class very clean, and me not tired. I work outside the house 4-5 hours a day and have three kids. I find the less stuff you have, the easier keeping it clean is. Also animals are more messy than children. If they are inside, you are going to have more messes to clean up.

And no one is immune to cleaning up after themselves. My ten year old can make a mess faster than I can blink. She can clean it up and that at least slows the process of the next mess down. :) Keeping her room clean builds self esteem. I don't expect it to be spotless, just no laundry, no food, toys picked up at least once a week.

Now I am off to fold some clothes, get another load going, and make sure the puppy got supper.

(03/20/2008)

By Mom of three

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Not sure if you're still checking this, but the magazine Real Simple has a great basic cleaning schedule in PDF format that you can hang up, etc:

http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/gallery/0,21863,1216146-2,00.html (01/21/2009)

By Elizabeth

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www.flylady.net all the way! It's been mentioned and it's awesome! (01/22/2009)

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